This Pumpkin Pie with beautiful decorative crust and a cheesecake like filling will be the center piece of your Thanksgiving dinner table this year.
I’m sharing a pumpkin pie recipe today with beautiful decorative crust to prepare you for next week big dinner! Normally, I would make this pie without the decorative crust, but I thought this year we should celebrate with a bang. And by that I mean lots of pie crust. The pie crust recipe in this post is enough for a double crust pie. But I’m using a pretty giant pie dish. This pie filling recipe was adapted from a recipe Ryan’s aunt gave me years ago.
The decoration is absolutely optional, but if you want to go all out, make this pie a day or two ahead of time. Or if you run out of time all together, you can still make it using store bought frozen crust. However, one recipe of the pie filling will be enough for 2 frozen pie crusts. They tend to be a lot smaller than all the pie dishes I have. But if you like higher crust to filling ratio, it’s a good way to go 😉 .
The morning I made this pie, I completely forgot about whipped cream. I’ve been so busy and I might have lost my mind then cuz NO WHIPPED CREAM IS A CRIME!!! And Ryan’s taste has evolved way pass store bought whipped cream, so we can’t have any of that fake stuff in the house, whipped cream snob! There was outrage among my other taste testers about the whipped cream as well, it’s madness over here. So don’t make the same mistake I did, always be prepared with a blow torch in one hand and a bowl of whipped cream in the other.
For the decorative pie crust, I used a set of pie crust cuters I bought from Williams Sonoma (I think?) a long time ago. I can’t find the same one on their website anymore. It came with a turkey, a pumpkin, an acorn and a maple leaf. Here are some similar sets I found on Amazon: an all leaves set and a set with pumpkin.
If you guys try out this recipe, I would love to hear your feedback (leave me a comment) and see your photos (send me a link or #wildwildwhisk on Instagram)! Cheers!
Pumpkin Pie with Decorative Crust Recipe
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter – cold and cubed
- 6 tablespoon cold water
- 8 oz cream cheese – room temperature
- 1 – 14 oz can of condensed milk
- 1 – 14 oz can of pumpkin
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk or water
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- To make the crust, add flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse several times to mix. Add cubed cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and butter is about pea size. Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until dough starts to pull together.
- Dump the dough out onto a slightly flour board, gather together and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic and rest in the fridge for an hour.
- This recipe will make about 1.5 lbs of pie dough. We will use about 1 lb for the pie crust for a deep dish 9.5” – 10” pie dish and the rest for the decoration.
- Divide the dough, and roll the 1 lb portion out to 1/8” thick (about a 13” – 14” circle), carefully place it into your pie dish. Tuck the overhang underneath to fit to the edge of the dish and flute the edge of the crust. Cover in plastic and place in the freezer.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In the meantime, roll out the other piece of the dough to 1/8” thick and cut out shapes. I used maple leaf, pumpkin and acorn shape pie crust cutter. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
- When the oven is preheat, take the crust out of the freezer, cover the edge of the crust with strip of foil to prevent browning. Line the bottom of pie crust with parchment paper and place pie weight on top. I used dry bean for my pie weight. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet and par-bake the crust for 20 minutes. The baking sheet is to make transporting the pie easier.
- During this time, prepare your pie filling. Cream the cream cheese in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment. Pour in the condensed milk and cream the cheese and milk together until thoroughly combined.
- Add puree pumpkin, egg, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, whip until thoroughly combined.
- When the crust is par-baked, remove from the oven, lift the parchment paper off the pie to remove the pie weight, leave the foil cover on the edges, and carefully pour in the filling. Place back in the oven and reduce temperature to 350°F. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until the filling is half way set.
- Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of milk or water to make egg wash.
- Carefully remove the pie from the oven to add decoration. Brush egg wash on the back of each decorative pie crust pieces and adhere to the edge of the pie in a random order to create a pattern to your liking. I add the first layer around the pie crust edge using 3 maple leaves 1 pumpkin 2 maple leaves 1 acorn patter, then add a second layer randomly with whatever’s left. Lightly brush the decorative pieces with egg wash.
- Place the pie back into the oven, increase temperature to 400°F and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the filling is completely set (an inserted toothpick comes out clean) and crust/decoration is brown. If the filling poofs up and the surface breaks a little, don’t worry, once it is cool it will even out.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Serve with whipped cream!
- To make whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup of sugar and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl, whisk on medium-high to high speed until stiff peak forms. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
If using smaller size frozen crust, reduce baking time by half.